Shuqun Accelerated Programme (SAP)

Introduction

The Shuqun Accelerated Programme (SAP) was first conceptualised in 2015 and the inaugural session for Science started in January 2016. The SAP (science) programme sought to stretch students with deep interests and talent for science.


Objectives

The SAP (science), aligned with the school’s vision and the MOE’s drive for STEM and 21st century competencies, aims to:

  • identify and nurture academically strong students who are passionate in the subject.
  • provide opportunities to further cultivate interest and deepen students’ scientific knowledge and skills.
  • develop students to become
    • critical thinkers with querying minds,
    • independent learners with a zest for lifelong learning
    • effective and confident communicators, and
    • innovative problem solvers.

 

Activities

In addition to the fortnightly sessions where students meet up with teachers to undergo enrichment lessons and experimental sessions, students also get to go on enrichment trips and participate in competitions.  Some examples of enrichment trips include visits to the NUS Demonstration Labs and a WWF (World Wildlife Fund) trip to Chek Jawa to learn about Singapore’s coastal biodiversity. To raise students’ confidence and develop their communication and presentation skills, students participate in competitions such as the SJI ArtScience Programme where they get to interact with teachers and students from other schools. Other competitions include benchmarking assessments such as the ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools) by the University of New South Wales.  In the 2016 ICAS assessment, 6 students from the SAP (Science) were awarded Certificates of Credit and another 4 students awarded Certificates of Merit.

 

Shuqun students presenting their ideas with confidence at the SJI ArtScience programme	Students in the Shuqun Accelerated Programme at the NUS Demo Lab
Students presenting their ideas with confidence at the SJI ArtScience programme SAP (Science) students at the NUS Demo Lab

 

The school recognises that there is immense potential in every student to excel in their own areas of interest and strength. In time to come, the Shuqun Accelerated Programme will also be extended to other domains such as the arts, languages and humanities.